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Honor Mission
William Richard Penzien, Retired
USA USAF – WWII, Korea, Vietnam
Gotha, Florida  12-08-19



The family of Lt Col Penzien, 98, has requested the Patriot Guard Riders presence as they show their final respects and lay their loved one to rest. Lt Col Penzien faithfully served his country in the U. S. Army-Air Force and performed duties as a Safety Staff Officer. Upon completion of his service, Lt Col Penzien received an Honorable Discharge and during his time in service, awarded the American Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Korean Service Military Ribbon w/1 Bronze Star, AF Longevity Service Military Ribbon, Korean Presidential Unit Citation Military Ribbon, Southwest Asia Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm, Vietnam Service Medal w/2 Bronze Stars, Air Medal w/7 Oak Leaf Clusters,and the the AF Commendation Medal. Please bring your 3 X 5 American flags and stand in honor and respect for our hero and his family.

Staging Time: 2:00 PM

Woodlawn Funeral Home
400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road
Gotha, Florida 34734

Ride Captain:

Bernie “Dutchman” Conner

Special Instructions:

We will be Pallbearers for this stage only if we have at least 6 members present.
2:15 PM – Brief
KSU for the on site cemetery as directed by the funeral director.
Once at the grave site we will be Pallbearers once again. If we have more than 6 members, those riders will stand a Flag Line.
Flags & Water:
Flags will not be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.


Submitted By: Bernie Conner
Position: Florida Assistant State Captain

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December 8, 2019
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  1. Condolences to the family and friends of this American hero. Rest in Peace and thank you for your service to our country. You stood for us and now we, the Patriot Guard Riders, stand for you!

  2. My wife and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of Your Hero.
    Rest in Peace, You will Not be Forgotten.

  3. Even though I did not personally know Lt. Colonel Penzien – he is my USAF and military brother – rest in peace sir!

    Ken Arena
    “Jolly Green” USAF (1968-1971)

  4. Please accept my condolences on your loss. May my prayers help to ease your pain during these trying times. Rest In Peace and Honor Brother. Lest We Forget!

    U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Veteran
    Standing in Memory of,
    My Father, Harold A. Silvernail U.S. Army
    My Step-Father, Edwin D. Alexander U.S. Army
    My Uncle, Raymond Alexander U.S. Army
    My Uncle, John H. Alexander U.S. Army
    My Uncle, David J. Alexander U.S. Navy
    Standing in Honor of,
    My Brother, David J. Alexander U.S. Air Force
    My Daughter, Jillian A. Silvernail U.S. Air Force
    My Daughter, Kirsten M. Silvernail Kennedy U.S. Air Force
    My Son-In-Law, Jayson E. Kennedy U.S. Army
    My Uncle, Stewart F. Silvernail U.S. Army

  5. My sincere condolences to the Family and Friends of this Hero. May He Rest in Peace.

    JJ Bishop, PGR
    SGT (Ret.), Henrico County Police, Virginia
    MCPO (Ret.), USCGR
    Hudson, FL

  6. My Condolences go out to family and friends of (Ret) WWII US Army / USAF Korea, Vietnam Veteran, William Richard Penzien may you rest in peace and God be with you, Thank you for your service to our Country.

  7. Rest In Peace Hero of the Greatest Generation and Fellow Airman. A grateful nation thanks you for your service and sacrifice.

    Standing for those who stood for us.

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